Our nation’s motto is “In God We Trust.”

During Thanksgiving, history reminds of  Presidents of the United States of America who wrote of a recognition of God.

George Washington, our first President, wrote on Oct. 3, 1789, this Thanksgiving Proclamation:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and whereas both Houses of Congress ... requested me to recommend to the People of the United Stats a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God ....

Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, (Oct 20, 1864) recognized God in thanksgiving: “I ... do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November ... as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.”

Ronald Reagan (Nov 26, 1987) proclaimed, “Thanksgiving Day is ... is an occasion set aside by Americans from the earliest times to thank our Maker prayerfully and humbly for the blessings and the care He bestows on us and on our beautiful, bountiful land.”

And on Nov. 24, 2008, President George W. Bush wrote, “On this day, let us all give thanks to God who blessed our nation’s first day and who blesses us today. May He continue to guide and watch over our families and our country always.”

In God We Trust, Thanksgiving and Presidential Proclamations are some of the words and stories that contribute to the history of this great nation.

May you and those you love be blessed this Thanksgiving.

Dr. Jerome Stewart serves as the superintendent of the Midlothian Independent School District.